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Epson Stylus Photo R3000 review

We take a look at the latest Epson printer

Our Verdict

For

  • Good print quality
  • 2pl droplet size
  • Up to A3 prints
  • Convenient cartridge arrangement

Against

  • Ink costs
  • Not a massive improvement over the R2880

Epson stylus photo r3000

There are many similarities between the R3000 and the older R2880, but we are told that the new printer doesn't replace the old one, they are to continue in tandem, at least for the time being.

Just like the Stylus Photo R2880, the Stylus Photo R3000 can be used to produce prints of up to A3+ size or 13-inches wide, or smaller.

The inkset is also the same, Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink with Vivid Magenta and three black inks (or two grey and a black) being available for enhanced tonal control, especially with monochrome prints.

Although the Micro Piezo print head with 1440 nozzles (180 per colour) is the same in the R3000 as it is in the R2880, and it lays the ink down at the same maximum resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi, the minimum droplet size is significantly smaller from the newer printer at 2pl rather than 3pl. This is the smallest droplet to date achieved with Epson UltraChrome inks and it should enable the R3000 to reproduce the very finest details more accurately and ensure that tonal gradations are smooth.

Wireless connectivity has been a feature of less specialist, multi-functional printers for a while now, but the R3000 is the first of Epson's enthusiast or semi-professional focussed printers to have Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) as well as High-speed USB 2.0 capability. This puts an end to trailing USB leads for photographers who like their workspace to be uncluttered.

As usual there's more than one way to load media into the R3000, largely depending upon its thickness. For many, the majority of paper can be loaded via the rear automatic sheet feeder, but there's also a front fine art paper path, a front thick paper path and a roll paper feed included (though there's no trimmer built-in). It is also possible to print onto compatible CDs and DVDs using the supplied disk feed.

A 2.5-inch colour LCD screen is another new feature since the R2880, it displays ink levels and operating instructions.

Tech Specs

Product TypeInkjet Printer
Maximum Photo Print Speed195 Second
Green CompliantYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Standard Input Media Capacity150 sheets
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyStylus Photo
Maximum Print Resolution5760 x 1440 dpi
Brand NameEpson
Form FactorDesktop
Print ColourColour
Media SizeA3+, A3, A4, A5, A6, B5, Letter, Legal, A3+ - 329 mm x 483 mm, A3 - 297 mm x 420 mm, A4 - 210 mm x 297 mm, A5 - 148 mm x 210 mm, A6 - 105 mm x 148 mm, B5 - 176 mm x 250 mm, Letter - 216 mm x 279 mm, Legal - 216 mm x 356 mm, 90 mm x 130 mm, 100 mm x 150 mm, 130 mm x 180 mm, 130 mm x 20 mm, 200 mm x 250 mm, 100 mm x 148 mm
Recommended UsePhoto/Disc Print
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
Number of Input/Multipurpose Trays Installed2
Number of Input Trays Supported2
Maximum Input Media Capacity150 sheets
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Height228 mm
Width616 mm
Depth369 mm
Media TypeFine Art Paper, Plain Paper, Photo Paper, Roll Paper, Cut Sheet, Thick Paper, CD/DVD
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product ModelR3000
Product NameStylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer
Product LineStylus Photo
Manufacturer Part NumberC11CA86301
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Marketing Information

With high capacity inks ideal for medium print runs and a small footprint, this A3+ printer makes professional-quality prints accessible. Achieve outstanding A3+ prints with the Epson Stylus Photo R3000, which offers complete image control and wide media compatibility.

Platform SupportedPC, Mac
Package Contents
  • Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer
  • Warranty Card
  • AC Cable
  • Start Here Guide
  • Software CD
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)15 kg